William Colburn III: Texas teen murders family and posts pics before killing himself

William Colburn III shot three family members dead and posted disturbing images of his carnage on social media on Wednesday, September 15


                            William Colburn III: Texas teen murders family and posts pics before killing himself
William Colburn III reportedly threatened to 'continue violence at an area school' (Image used for representation: Larry W. Smith/Getty Images)

ARANSAS PASS, TEXAS: A South Texas teen shot three family members dead, posted graphic pictures of his deed on social media and then turned the gun on himself when cops closed in, authorities noted. According to reports, William Quince Colburn III killed William Colburn Jr, 63, Janna Colburn, 53, and Emma Colburn, 13, inside a recreational vehicle near Aransas Pass. 

Colburn III posted disturbing images of his carnage on social media on Wednesday, September 15, which alerted the cops who began investigating him. Colburn III reportedly threatened to "continue violence at an area school", a statement from the Aransas Pass Police Department said. A similar incident was reported last year in April when a 14-year-old Alabama boy shot and killed five of his family members, after finding out he was not his mother's biological son. A Texas teenager, who was embarrassed by his unmarried pregnant sister, reportedly killed her and made her disappearance look like a suicide in December 2019.

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After officers tracked down Colburn III Wednesday, September 15 night, to an RV park near Aransas Pass and asked him to come out, he refused, reports cited. The report further noted that the officers then "heard a single gunshot and the thud of a person falling to the ground". A statement from APPD read, "Entry was made into the RV and immediately discovered the graphic scene shared over social media. The male juvenile was likewise found deceased from a gunshot wound. In total, investigators found 4 deceased bodies and 2 deceased dogs." San Patricio County Sheriff Oscar Rivera informed that Colburn III was related to all his three murder victims, however, he did not know the specifics. 

Police noted that if it weren’t for the "speedy action" of the social media site and the other teen members of the group where the threat was posted, "we might well have been working on an even more tragic event later this morning". Rivera said, "I’m glad that we were able to find him before something worse could have happened, " and added, "I’m not sure which school he planned to attack but he certainly had the weapons and ammunition to do so." According to reports, Colburn III wasn’t registered at any local schools and appeared to be homeschooled. "Our hearts go out to the family members and close friends affected by this event. They remain in our thoughts and prayers, " a statement by APPD said.

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